Apply to Host a NextGen RNG
The new NextGen RNG devices are basically plug and play, so anyone meeting some simple requirements can own and host a device. The requirements are as follows:
- The device must connect directly to a modem or router using a standard Ethernet cable (included).
- The internet connection and device power should be on 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Occasional internet drops are fine, and the device will recover itself once it comes back online. The upload bandwidth used by the devices is about 80 bytes per second, or 200 MB per month. For many users this has minimal impact; 200 MB is approximately the upload bandwidth needed for a single one-hour Zoom video session each month.
- From a practical standpoint, once it is plugged in, the device should run fine in the background, including over-the-air updates. However, because these are research devices, they will occasionally require user interaction. If we detect a problem with your device, we will try to solve that without your involvement, but we may sometimes reach out to troubleshoot or replace a device.
- The device cost is $300(USD) + shipping, duties and taxes that may be charged by your local government. This is a non-profit project, so we are only charging what it costs to produce the device.
The lights on the device indicate the current state of the network. Sit with the device and send loving care to the world. Perhaps the full GCP 2.0 network will pick up on your heart-focused emotion!
We are accepting applications from any part of the world, but we do have limits for each geographical region, to ensure a global distribution of devices. If your region fills up, we will let you know.
If you are not able to host a NextGen RNG, there are still many ways you can participate as a citizen scientist. For more details click here.